August Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for August

August is a transitional month in the Smokies. For the better part of the month, crowds are plentiful and the sun is scorching. But towards the end, crowds begin to thin just slightly as kids return to school, and the heat becomes (ever so slightly) less harsh.

There are a variety of fun things to do in the Smokies, Sevier County and the surrounding area in August. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While inside the park, we highly recommend popular spots such as Clingmans Dome (the highest point in the Smoky Mountains, located on the North Carolina border), Cades Cove Loop Road and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

In Gatlinburg, be sure to check out popular attractions like Anakeesta (with incredible views of Mt. LeConte – the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains), Ober Mountain (formerly known as Ober Gatlinburg) and the famous SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyPark. And in Pigeon Forge, be sure to spend a day or two at Dollywood, if time allows. If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, we highly suggest popular summertime outdoor activities such as visiting one of the local waterparks, like Splash Country or Soaky Mountain. All in all, August is a perfect time to visit the Smokies. So if you’re looking for a little activity inspiration, be sure to check out our events calendar below:

slides at splash country
Find cooling summer activities like visiting one of the area’s great waterparks. Above: Dollywood’s Splash Country (photo by Morgan Overholt/

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